Jill Jarrett, Henley Down Cottage

Tonight is the Annual General Meeting of the Catsfield Horticultural Society at 7.30pm in the Village Hall – drinks and nibbles will be served as an added incentive to attend! It is important that as many people as possible are present to discuss and decide the future of that popular annual village event, the Summer Fete. As you know, to everyone’s disappointment it had to abandoned this summer when no one was prepared to fill the vacancy of organiser. Vanessa is hoping for someone to step into the breach and take on this rewarding task. Full support will be given by the committee and there are many ready hands to man the stalls and help with the other jobs involved.

Gwen’s coffee morning last Friday in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support was another huge success and has raised even more money than in previous years – well over £300 at the last count, with more donations promised. Gwen would like to thank everyone who helped, attended on the day and made donations.

The ploughing match at Kitchenham Farm last Saturday was a most enjoyable autumn country occasion. It was made even more delightful when the horse-drawn ploughing competition was won by ex-local Gerry Winter, who beat the other three competing teams with his two magnificent horses Major and Drummer.

The football news is a mixed bag again this week. The first team played Ninfield and lost 0 – 2, resulting in them being bottom of the table, while the seconds played Orington and won 3 - 0, lifting them to second in the table. Saturday 5th October see the firsts at home playing Eastbourne Rangers, with the seconds away to Hawkhurst.

The other main sporting event in the village passed off well when nine members of the WI did their sponsored walk along Bexhill seafront without mishap, the money is still pouring in, so more news of that later.

A reminder to get your tickets for the ‘Hot Potato Syncopators’ from the village shop ready for their performance in the Village Hall on Friday 11th October at 7.30pm. This is another promotion by the Hall Committee of a professional group of entertainers. Comedy, music and tomfoolery is promised to whet your appetite for the CADS pantomime later in the year.

The Thanksgiving Service held in St George’s Church, Crowhurst last Monday for the life of Ted Farrington was a memorable tribute to a truly Christian man. The church was packed with Ted’s family and friends from Catsfield, Crowhurst and Battle Baptist Church and no doubt from elsewhere too. A recollection of Ted’s life by June was read on her behalf and tributes were paid to Ted’s faith and influence by Jackie Saxby, the former rector the Rev’d Jonathan Beswick and our own Father Michael, who also led the service. Readings and prayers by local church members, punctuated by stirring hymns brought to everyone the feeling of the strength of the love of God and confidence in our salvation if we share Ted’s steadfast faith. He was a good and remarkable man.

As a result of the Public Meeting held on 23rd September to discuss the Main Modifications to the Rother DC Local Plan Core Strategy, Parish Council submitted their response. Councillors expressed residents concerns that two of the proposed modifications were not legally compliant or sound in relation to the further increase in proposed housing developments in Catsfield between 2011 - 2028 from a span of 0 -30 to 47 together with the expectation that any potential new sites will be formally allocated via the Development and Site Allocations DPD or Neighbourhood Plans will normally comprise of development sites accommodating 6 or more dwellings. Further details of the response can be found on Parish Council’s website and on the noticeboard outside the Village Hall.